*UPDATE* Fixed the time. It's now 3PM to 6PM, but you knew that already if you saw the flyer. Sorry!
Hideo Kojima visited a Uniqlo in New York on June 11th, 2010 in order to launch a new line of T-shirts that coincided with the launch of his new game, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
You are probably wondering, what kind of unholy combination is this. (I know I'm still wondering that.) However it has been confirmed to be true and quite strange. Check out the music video after the jump.
Warner Music Japan announced on Wednesday that Linkin Park (the band, not Lincoln Park, NJ) will be doing one of the theme songs to upcoming Gundam arcade game, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. The song, entitled The Catalyst is the first single from the band's new album, A Thousand Suns.
Another year, another auto show. The New York International Auto Show was back in town last month giving the auto companies another year for companies to show off their goodies. There were cars as far as the eye could see, with companies displaying their latest and “greatest” creations. And there were the usual crop of people snapping photos of friends and relatives sitting at the steering wheels of luxury vehicles they probably will never buy. Yes, the show every year is a déjà vu. It’s a grand sight to see. However, if you wanted to see some exciting concept cars, then you should have been looking elsewhere.
A few, yes, but very few this year. Almost every company interviewed gave the same answer: “Sorry, the closest we have to concept are models going into production soon.” That was a bit of a disappointment.
However, that is not to say that some of the cars present weren’t interesting. Porsche, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, among others had cars that raised eyebrows. One of the standouts was the Lamborghini Gallardo, a car that was displayed behind ropes to prevent people from even breathing on it. But the price? Forget it.
Now on to concepts: As mentioned above, there were few indeed. However, there was one car made entirely out of parts that are production-ready. The Buick Regal GS was officially a concept, but appeared to be available for immediate production. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds and has a six-speed manual transmission. Being so similar to the other cars in the series, excluding all-wheel-drive and manual transmission vehicles, it is hard to truly declare it a concept. When one thinks of the word “concept,” one imagines something different and brand new. The Buick Regal GS fails to meet these requirements.
A true concept, on the other hand, was the GMC Granite. Although it is one of GMC’s smaller cars, it still brings something new to the table. The car has suicide doors, meaning that it lacks a B-pillar. While this has been done before, the Granite shows a true reason for bringing back the idea. The passenger-side seats can fold inward toward the center to allow big items, such as a bicycle, to be stored easily without obstructing the rear view. Being able to store large items in such a small space is a dream come true for those who want to transport things while still driving “small.” One more key feature is the dial transmission, allowing drivers to change gears by simply turning a knob.
Last and most certainly least, in this reporter’s view, was the Chrysler Delta concept. The spokesperson was of no help whatsoever. In response to a query for more information on the car, the response given was a simple “No” and a smug grin. Based on further research, it appears that this car is not a true concept either. A very, very similar model is being sold right now in Europe. The only true difference is the Chrysler logo instead of Lancia’s, a brand owned by the Fiat group which now also owns Chrysler. All this appears to be just an attempt to gauge American reaction to a European car, nothing more. This car was the disappointment of the show. The Delta, coupled with an inadequately informed spokesperson, just shows the truly bad shape Chrysler is in.
Auto shows exist to show off the newest and most amazing cars. Companies also like to show off what they can do by creating concepts. These one-off runs are a major factor in drawing crowds. People go to these shows to see what is possible, what may exist, and what companies are capable of doing. However, this year the show failed to achieve any of this. All that were shown were cars that were already in, or about to go into, production. While it is great to see the realities of the automobile industry, people also want to be amazed by the concepts. Had that been the case, this piece would have been more upbeat. However, with the scant number of concepts at the exhibition, there is not much to enthuse about. Final word: Great if you want to buy, bad if you want to just look.
We here at leetNEET have never hosted an event. We're always serious about writing articles, and we sit around all day eating cake and drinking tea but we try not to sit around all day. We wanna have fun, just like you guys. And what a way to have fun: the leetNEET editors with their fans at awesome events and conventions!
Now according to my calendar, we have 3 events coming up in the next two weeks. My god, that's a lot of events! It'd be great to see you guys and you'll get to meet the people behind our names. And we'll have a whole bunch of fun, too!
One thing I will mention: It is NOT necessary to travel with leetNEET to these events or conventions. You can go by yourself if you like, or with a different group of friends. We just want you guys to know about them so you can have fun too. We'll be glad to know that you went and had fun! (It'd also be nice if you said "Hi!" to us too.)
If you are in the New York City area between October 8, 2010 & October 10, 2010 and are a lover of all things geeky, be sure to get yourself a ticket to New York Comic Con / Anime Festival! There is something there for everyone, so be a square and get a ticket for one of the days or a three day pass for the whole weekend.
How nice would it be to have maids around? Everyone likes maids and if you don't... I don't even.
Well, if you're lucky enough to be settling in New York City, or at least around the city, in about a week, there will be a Maid Cafe show. Reni Mimura, the "Japanese Cosplay Singer" as she calls herself, is performing a Maid Cafe show with Moé Moé.
Date: December 19th (SUN)
Place: 432 6th Avenue between 9th & 10th Street, New York, NY (Amber Village)
Time: 12:00pm to 3:30pm
Maid Cafe open @ 12pm; Show @ 1:30pm
Admission fee $12 @ the door/ $10 if you cosplay (Lunch not included)
For those people who don't know who Reni Mimura is, she is a Maid cosplayer who sings J-Pop. She has appeared at several conventions and shows, one being the New York Anime Festival with Moemiru, a small group division of cosplay singers who she picked out. As for those who also don't know what a Maid Cafe is, it is basically a regular cafe shop with tea and cake. However, the one quirk about it is that the waitresses are all in Maid uniforms and they'll throw out phrases like "お帰りなさいませ、ご主人様 / Okaerinasaimase, Goshujin-sama" for "Welcome home, Master". Maid Cafes definitely aren't for those who are fearful of Maids.
As most of the staff here at leetNEET are settled in NYC, we might be showing up there... maybe. It is on a Sunday afternoon so hopefully everyone can go and enjoy the Moé Moé Kyun while having tea and cake.
According to a press release by New York Comic Con's organizer, ReedPop, NYCC this year will be a whopping four days long, extending from Thursday to Sunday, instead of its usual three days (Friday to Sunday) as in past years. This will allow more events and programs to take place during the convention, which also includes the New York Anime Festival. It will also allow more people to visit and give them more choices in panels and events they can attend.